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Interpol refuses to issue red warrant against MQM founder

A supporter of Pakistan's Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) political party, holds a poster of Altaf Hussain at a gathering to show solidarity with their leader in Karachi June 4, 2014. Exiled Pakistani politician Hussain, one of the most divisive and feared figures in Pakistan, was arrested in London on Tuesday, his party said, sparking fears of a violent backlash in Pakistan and sending the country's biggest city into lockdown. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro (PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

Islamabad: Interpol has refused to issue a red warrant against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain, saying it does not intervene in political and religious matters of a state.

According to senior official of the Interior Ministry Interpol had sought a clarification from the government over the request for issuance of the red warrant against Hussain, besides asking for details of the sedition charges against him, reports the Dawn.

The official said the Interpol communication was being examined at the highest level and would be responded to over the next two weeks.

Interpol notices are issued to police in 190 different countries to help track fugitives and share information about wanted criminals.

There are eight types of notices, seven of which are colour-coded by their function: red, blue, green, yellow, black, orange and purple. The most well-known is the red notice which is the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant in use today. The eighth – special notice – is issued at the request of the United Nations Security Council.

The Federal Investigation Agency recently sent a written request to Interpol for issuance of the red warrant against the MQM founder living in self-exile in London.

The documents annexed with the request included a copy of the FIR registered against Hussain for delivering a hate speech on August 22 last year through a video link inciting the party workers on hunger strike outside the Karachi Press Club to attack some media houses, and documents pertaining to subsequent investigations into the matter, besides a court order declaring Hussain a fugitive. (ANI)